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Friday
Jun252010

Who Gives A Shit: What's Your AC Jam?

Got any? Central? Window? What kind?

As allergic to math as I am, I used this little formula which seems to be pretty standard, to figure out what size unit we need in our bedroom: square footage of room (L x W) x 35 = BTU's.

This thing says we need a 6300 BTU unit in our bedroom. Guess what we have now?

FIVE FUCKING THOUSAND.

Look, this shit came with our apt, so I didn't ask questions, but in two years, it's never *quite* cooled the room off, and now I know why. We have an 11,500 BTU unit in the living room and that one seems pretty OK.

But clearly we need to get a new AC in the bedroom.

What's up with you bitches? You cool as a cucumber from the Food Coop?

p.s. Also, I cleaned the filters recently, and that was a revelation...shit has been working much better since.

Thursday
Jun242010

580 Caroll: Inside-n-Out

Photo: Will Femia for CurbedEnrique Norten's new, modern glass building at 580 Carroll Street is not without its haters, many of whom think charming, idyllic, landmarked Park Slope is not the place for starchitecture.

Whatevs.

Curbed featured a whole in-depth look at the building with 9000 photos, and fuck it: I LIKE IT! There: I'm on record with that shit.

I've walked by a few times over the last few months and have also been impressed, but I've never seen so many damn pics before. There's a garden! And units with outdoor space! And the place doesn't seem soul-less.

Prices start in the mid 600's for a 900sf 2bdr, and go up to 1 million+ for the ground-floor duplex with outdoor space.

(Curbed via Brownstoner)

Thursday
Jun242010

BREAKING: YOU ARE NOT EUROPEAN [Fuck the World Cup]

This was sent in from FIPS reader, Raye, I couldn't agree MORE (at least about the fuck the World Cup stuff):

Honestly, who gives a shit about the world cup? We’re AMERICANS, for testosterone’s sake!

Soccer’s gay, unlike football, where REAL men grunt and sweat and wrestle on top of one another. All of America should be dancing around burning effigies of soccer balls while chugging warm beer and discussing the imagined sex life of Sarah Palin… but, of course, such is not the case in our beloved hometown. Just a few nights ago, I passed by a sports-bar-that-shall-remain-nameless spilling drunken fans onto the street, all pretending to know what was going on in the game, spitting out such insightful remarks as, “Catch it! CATCH IT!!!” After throwing up, I gained some thoughtful new insight on our fellow Slopesters- they’re really just trying to be foreign.

So I call for all Park Slopians to rejoin America! Fire your au pair and your acupuncturist! Get off your lazy ass when you hear the national anthem! Eat a bacon wrapped sausage or two! But most of all- STOP PRETENDING YOU CARE ABOUT FUCKING SOCCER.

Wednesday
Jun232010

FRIDAY: Pride Ride, Baby!

FIPS has your plans for Friday night (and yes, they involve beer): Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Night at Ride Brooklyn.  Here's what's up:

Area bike shop Ride Brooklyn (whom we lurrve) is kicking off NYC Pride Weekend with booze, bikes, music. This Friday, the BK LGBTQ, straight ally, and cycling communities will be meeting up at Ride Brooklyn (468 Bergen Street) for some celebratory events: First, a bike maintenance clinic happening from 7:30-8, then discounts on bikes and bike schwag from 8 to 9:30, and also (our fav part) a raffle for couple of sexy prizes from Babeland.

After the sale, everyone's assembling for a casual pride ride down to Pacific Standard on Fourth Ave for some happy hour drinkies to celibrate gay pride and, obvi, bikes. 

Since all we apparently talk about on FIPS these days is bikes, we figured it was only fitting to alert you to this rad event going down.  Here's the full schedule if you're planning on heading out.

Wednesday
Jun232010

FORGET BREEDERS vs. BALLERS, NOW ITS BREEDERS vs. B-I-K-E-R-S

image: Brooklyn PaperWell, the new bike lane is in on Prospect Park West and the controversh is in full-swing.

We've covered the asshole cyclists, and the asshole drivers at great length, but everyone forgot about the poor, poor mommies and they're big fat strollers!

Oopsie!

Those bike lane bikers are whizzing by and not taking the time to carefully check if someone *might* be standing there with a Bugaboo! Or a Stokke! Also, now the bike lane is making it harder to see oncoming traffic for the mamz:

“They think they own the road, they don’t stop when they’re crossing [an intersection],” said Rita Martinez, pushing her 2-year-old son into the park. “They always think they have the right of way — sometimes they’ll just scream to get out of the way when I’m pushing a stroller!”

Perhaps this is a good time to revisit the rules of Park Slope for anyone who is unfamiliar with how shit works around here:

  1. Whether on land, sea, or air, BREEDERS always, always, have the right of way within the geographical boundaires of Park Slope. This right supersedes all other state laws or city regulations. 
  2. The bigger the stroller, the *more* right of way a BREEDER will expect. Major bonus points for those double or triple strollers.
  3. Your bike is stupid.
  4. You are stupid.

Any questions?

(via Brooklyn Paper)